Horizons’ Fall dance concert held Friday and Saturday

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 13, 2009

Those who enjoy dancing as a “spectator” are in for a real treat when the Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts presents “Horizons” at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the university campus.

Tickets for the Fall Dance Concert are $5 for the general public and will be available at the door.

“The Horizons concert is going to be a great show,” said Deborah Hicks, Troy University coordinator of dance. “Our dance ensemble has increased from seven to 15 this year and it is so good. I’m so excited about this concert.”

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Hicks said Horizons will feature all genres of dance from contemporary ballet to high-energy hip-hop and jazz.

“The second act will pay tribute to Twyla Tharp’s ‘The Creative Habit,’ which is part of the College of Communication and Fine Arts’ year long celebration of the creative process,” Hicks said.

Tharp’s firm conviction is that, through dance, creativity is within the reach of all who are willing to devote the ritual of consistent effort and hard word.

Horizons will support Tharp’s conviction in an awesome and entertaining way, Hicks said.

“The pieces in Act Two are absolutely beautiful,” she said. “And, it’s so exciting to see these talented young dancers on stage. The show will be amazing.”

The dance program at Troy University started only a year and a half ago and was the vision and hope of Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor.

“We started with the seven dancers and are growing from there,” Hicks said. “These elite dancers have participated in dance conventions so the word has gotten out and there has been an influx of interest. We hit the ground running and dance is happening at Troy University.”